No doubt computer audio is on the rise and the glut of components to address this trend is abundant. Every week we hear from audiophiles that are currently playing discs instead of files and they are quite frustrated with the choices in the marketplace of CD/SACD players. If you are one of them, don’t feel alone. According to a prominent reviewer/industry insider, about 10% to 20% of audiophiles are still spinning CDs and here’s why you are frustrated.
- Philips and Esoteric used to be the prominent suppliers for transport mechanisms and both have since stopped making them available to other manufacturers
- Sony has also stopped making their ES chips
- As such, manufacturers that don’t have their proprietary mechanisms are not able to make any SACD/CD players anymore.
- Companies such as Accuphase, dCS, EMM Labs, Playback Designs only offer SACD players north of $10,000 mark. Only McIntosh offers an SACD player with an older design at $6,500 and another at $11,000.
However, great recordings are still being produced in SACDs and you can hear the distinct difference:
- Brand new SACDs are being produced every month.
- Acoustic Sound currently showing 94 titles coming soon (more on this here)
- Elusive Discs have over 100 titles available for pre-order (more on this here)
Luxman just celebrated its 90th birthday and has recently completed the update process of all their SACD/CD players with proprietary transport mechanisms. There are three models to choose from – D-05u, D-06u and D-08u @ $4,990, $9,990 and $17,990 respectively. This is a very nice range with great value to offer.
These players are all developed and made in Japan. As a matter of fact, while there were a select few Luxman models that were made in China for a couple years in the past, Luxman has ceased making any more products in China. Any rumors of Luxman products are all made in China cannot be farther from the truth.
Here are some important features of these players:
- They now feature a USB input that supports up to DSD128 and 32 bit PCM, SPDIF & Toslink
- All now come with Luxman’s LxDTM proprietary transport mechanism:
- The finest build quality, superb reliability, made in Japan
- Legendary pedigree in sound quality – Luxman won a Grand Prix award from Stereo Sound in 1987 for their 60 lb. digital analogue converter, the DA-07.
Here’s an excerpt from one of the latest reviews:
“The D-08u looks so good and sounds so good playing discs or files via its USB input that at its price I can’t think of a better or more versatile way to crunch bits into music.
“Where the Luxman player succeeds (and where so many other one-box players fall short) is in making the SACD layer sound like a better, fuller, more realistic version of the music captured on the CD layer.”
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